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. they are simply willing to spend money. they gave tax cuts and never paid for them. in the end they have eroded the revenue of the government. some of it is coming back. the wars are winding down. the economy is picking up. but there is a real health care problem that we have to deal with at some point. it will take some revenue. you cannot just do it by magically saying that it will fallout of the sky. you cannot cut enough to get the debt down without talking about revenue. i think it they did a little bit here at the end of january 3. everyone gave the office and will not give again. host: this editorial from "usa today," de say that it is not a spending problem -- but "usa spend money. today," others, saying that it is. guest: let me explain. the average cost spent on a senior citizen in medicare is flat. it went up 0.4% last year. it is flat spending. the fact is that beginning in 2011, all the children born after the second world war, the so-called baby boomers, are coming on. when i came to congress in 1989 there were 35 million seniors on medicare. 30 million people altogether. we have
in it, we don't tax you think about it. it is as if because we know it was awful, we can somehow pretended was not part of american culture. >> and early 20th century -- eugenics, in early 20th century. >> "washington journal" continues. michael're back with burgess, a republican and vice chairman of the energy and commerce subcommittee. thanks for talking to our viewers. guest: thanks for having me. host: republicans are saying to avoid the automatic spending cuts, we need entitlement reform on the table. president obama said yesterday if we cannot agree to something long-term like entitlement reform, let's do something short-term. do you agree? guest: no. president obama should be talking about the next sequester, because this one is happening. it was postponed to march 1 on the first and january. this is a promise that we made, the congress and the president made to the american people in order to get our fiscal house in order if we could not come up with the cuts, the savings to do that, these cuts would be automatic. host: you are ok with them? guest: i don't like it. the re
you think about the proposed tax increases the president made yesterday? caller: i think, my issue with that -- we have already had our tax increase in the first place. i don't necessarily agree with them. i realize that you need a little more revenue. i will agree with that to an extent, because it is both sides. if he is trying come to a balanced proposal at this point in time and propose equal cuts versus revenue, that's not fair, because we have already increased our taxes in the first place. the original deal was supposed to solve the fiscal cliff. host: april is on our facebook page. randy is an independent in butler, oklahoma. good morning. caller: i think they ought to let it go through. military budgets have doubled in the last 12 years and the research and development part of that is over $60 billion. that is not buying tanks or anything. we have spent $200 billion on the f-22 program, the fight for that no one wants. plenty of things to cut. go ahead and raise my taxes. i realize we have to bring in more money. i'm a grown-up. i will just take home less money, but we hav
religious institutions ought not to be tax-exempt and get all the tax breaks that they do. they are using their tax breaks to hire lawyers that are costing the taxpayers even more money to basically just have a normal secular society. this issue of birth control, the rest of the world is laughing at us that we are even controverting over it. it should not even be an issue on the table. again, the tax-exempt status for religious institutions, i do not know if there are organizations that are trying to repeal this tax-exempt status, but i never really heard of a program on c- span about it, but these organizations, these religious institutions -- it is the tax breaks they get. host: nick from fairview, tennessee. on the independent line. caller: this is a ploy. socialists like the kennedys and obama, they will vilify -- if they cannot get it right, kruschev said, we will take two steps forward, and one step backward. we no longer live under a constitutional republic. liberals claim that it is a religious group that is against them. the state has become the major religion in this country. th
for about eight months now. but it to best way to a budget -- a balanced budget would be reinstating the tax on wall street transactions. there are quadrillions of dollars in turnover and a 1% tax would generate trillions of dollars in revenue. host: talk about your retirement strategy a little bit. host: there is not -- caller: there is none. that is the point. average people are in the same kind of predicament, not knowing what -- what do they call it? they want to have stability and predictability. where is it? host: when it comes to yourself, have you put anything away? caller: ipad, but it is all gone now. i would like to see a national infrastructure project. we could put people to work. host: steve from twitter -- host: next we're going to charlie. mississippi, independent line. caller: good morning. i am from jackson, where the capital is. i retired in 2009. it is a good thing. i was a civil servant. now in the state house there is legislation where some young republicans want to phase out our state retirement program for civil servants. house bill 486 allows people to just elect, if
later, the president of women tribe worldwide tax about the state of women's rights. " washington journal host: good morning. we will learn more about immigration with the judiciary committee. the senate could work this week on the chuck hagel nomination. the question remains whether or not republicans will block the nomination with a filibuster. the president traveling to push for slacker gun laws. with the nation focusing on the super bowl, we want to turn to washington's role on regulating the nfl. we will use super bowl sunday to talk about government regulations when it comes to the issue of steroids or head injuries. the phone lines are open. let's begin with a look at some of the headlines courtesy of the museum. from "the san francisco chronicle" -- from "the baltimore sun" -- let's turn to the politics and policy behind the nfl. this is a story a few days ago from "the washington post." outlining a plan and a letter to the executive director of the players union. they agreed as part of a 2011 collective bargaining agreement that the players should be tested for hgh, but t
. they are outperforming the population as a will. -- as a whole. a tax holiday ends so consumers are sprinting, says "the wall street journal." there is this story and "the washington post" that says retail sales are rising these days. we will dig more into that over the coming weeks as we look at consumer spending. our question this morning is about drone strikes. government secrecy and the public's right to know. how do you prioritize those? we will go to al in atlanta on the republican line. what do you think? caller: i think that the drone program is one of the best programs in the world. most people when you realize -- do not realize, when you are in war, it is killed or be killed. when i served in vietnam, that is the attitude i had. the decision -- we should let the decision maker make a decision about terrorism because of the bill make a decision, what would happen is we would have lives in this country -- they will come into this country and terrorized the citizens of the united states. that is all i got to say. host: how much do you think the public should know about the government's decision?
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